Coe Camera to close Prince Street shop after 75 years

Building sold in April for $415,000

It’s the end of an era for Lancaster’s last photo shop with an announcement from Coe Camera/Perfect Image today simply revealing: “We’re Moving From Our Downtown Location!”

Not exactly something to be exclaiming. It’s sad to generations of budding photography enthusiasts who bo

Coe Camera/Perfect Image Downtown will close its doors May 31. The Fruitville Pike store and one in Hummelstown currently remain open. (Photo via http://www.facebook.com/PerfectImagedowntown)

ught their first cameras and equipment from Coe.

“To help better serve our customers, on June 1, 2017, we’ll be moving our Downtown Lancaster location and combining it with our nearby Fruitville Pike store … a short distance away,” the email states.

The only reason given in the email about the closure was: “We fully intend to honor that legacy by continuing to operate a strong independent camera and photo printing store for the photographers of Lancaster County in the decades to come.”

Lancaster County property records show Locksmiths LLC sold the building in April to SR Group LLC for $415,000. State records reveal the limited liability company is located at 72 West Fairview Avenue, Marietta.

The last day at 220 North Prince Street will be Wednesday, May 31.

Coe Camera has been part of Downtown Lancaster since 1945. Wes Kauffman, owner of the Perfect Image, which has been in business since 1978, bought out Coe in May 2014, and spent $35,000 on renovations before reopening later that year, according to published reports. Coe Camera was founded by George Coe who served as Lancaster’s mayor from 1962 to 1966.

“We always enjoy hearing customers’ personal stories of connection to the Downtown store. Whether they’re recalling the first camera they bought, or reliving their own history through the prints they’ve made, Coe Camera’s role in generations of local residents’ lives is undeniable,” the notice says.

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Annual Lancaster ornament honors McCaskey School

mccaskey-ornament2LANCASTER, Pa. – In time to commemorate the start of construction 80 years ago of J.P. McCaskey High School, the iconic structure has been chosen as the ninth Lancaster Landmark Ornament, an annual fundraiser for LEADS, the all-volunteer group that pays for all holiday decorations – including the Penn Square Christmas tree – and summertime hanging flower baskets in downtown Lancaster.

LEADS (Lancaster’s Economic Action for Downtown’s Success) selected McCaskey, an architectural wonder that began construction in 1936, as this year’s honored city landmark. Previous years included Central Market, Fulton Theatre, City Hall, among others.

Named for John Piersol McCaskey, a local educator, former city mayor and composer, the original structure opened on May 3, 1938, with the students who had previously been served by separate boys and girls high schools. It was paid for with funds from the Work Progress Administration, a government program designed to help the country out of the Great Depression. While the building has been expanded, it still retains the original facade, lobby and auditorium, which are in the Art Deco style.

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LEADS president Marty Hulse (right) presents the 2016 Lancaster Landmark Ornament to Dr. Damaris Rau, superintendent of the School District of Lancaster, where McCaskey High School resides.

”We have been providing every wreath, bow, garland and twinkling light for downtown’s streets since 2006,” said Marty Hulse, board president. ”The landmark ornament has become a popular and successful fundraiser to help make downtown streets festive for the holidays.”

The three-dimensional ornaments are renditions of structures that have played a meaningful role in Lancaster’s historic and cultural life, crafted of solid brass plated in 24-karat gold, he said. The ornament can be used as a tree or window ornament or displayed in the gold foil box it comes in along with a card telling its history.

Since 2012, LEADS has invested more than $30,000 to improve the city’s holiday decorations,” Hulse said. Proceeds from the ornament go toward paying for that investment, he said.

Ornaments can be purchased at Lancaster Galleries, 34 N. Water St.; BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, 342 N. Queen St., rear warehouses; Festoon at the Firehouse, 202 N. Duke St.; the Turkey Lady at Central Market; and the city Visitors Center on Penn Square. The ornaments also are available at Lancaster Central Market from 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Nov. 12, 19 and 26 and Dec. 3, 10 and 17, as well as from 5-8pm Friday, Nov. 25 during the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, another LEADS/City of Lancaster project. Each ornament is $20 and can be ordered online at www.LancasterLeads.org or by calling Building Character at 717-394-7201 to purchase with a major credit card. Shipping is $4.95 for the first ornament and $.95 for each additional ornament.

LEADS began in 2000 when a group of volunteers created a grassroots effort to beautify downtown Lancaster. The goal has always been: make the city a more attractive place to visit, shop and live. Then, as now, LEADS is a completely volunteer organizations that operates solely from donations.

Madcap & Co. seeks part-time help

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Madcap & Co., a marketplace for exceptional handmade and vintage goods at 310 N. Queen St., Downtown Lancaster, PA, seeks a creative and dependable candidate for part-time help. The position would be for Sunday, Monday and first and third Friday evenings, about 15-20 hours weekly.

Our ideal candidate will have an open, friendly demeanor, and a love for our brand and community mission as an independent retailer. They will have an eye for detail and will be able to apply that to the cultivation of a store environment that surprises and delights our customers each time they walk through our doors.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

  • 2-3 years retail experience; specialty retail preferred
  • Warmth, confidence and enthusiasm
  • A strong voice and an open mind
  • A sense of who we are, and what our customer comes to us to find
  • Willingness to go above and beyond when needed
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • Flexibility and positive reaction to change
  • Ability to meet and exceed goals
  • Ability to balance customer service with tasking
  • Ability to think through complex issues and allocate time to execute multiple tasks and changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate, organize and lead
  • Ability to foster a spirit of teamwork and cooperation

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Availability to work Sunday, Monday and first and third Friday evenings, and be available for additional seasonal hours (November and December)
  • Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, up to 50 lb., while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques
  • Ensure the highest level of customer care
  • Build genuine relationships with customers
  • Determine the customer’s needs and offer suggestions or alternatives
  • Ensure a customer’s positive final impression at the cash wrap by following all company procedures
  • Practice proper phone etiquette
  • Help to maintain organization, cleanliness, and restock storewide
  • Uphold all company policies

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Founded in 2007, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER LLC has been a leader in cooperative retail providing hundreds of entrepreneurs the chance to fulfill their dream of business ownership while still maintaining a full-time job. Currently there are 60+ individual shops inside BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s three historic warehouses. Madcap & Co. opened in September 2015 as a companion shop to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER offering the same cooperative retail environment while specializing in exceptional locally made goods. http://www.buildingcharacter.biz http://www.madcapandco.com

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Part-time

Job Location: Lancaster, PA 17603

Required education: High school or equivalent

Required experience: Retail: 3 years

Required license or certification: Drivers License

Our online application is here: MADCAP & CO. EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION

Strolling the 300 Block sips by bits

Monthly summer event raising funds for local nonprofits

LANCASTER, Pa. — The 300 Block of North Queen Street for years has been a hub of commerce and community. And now the venerable shopping and dining district can add generosity to that reputation.

Sips Bits June 17, 2016 MAP _ High ResThe Sips & Bits Stroll, the brainchild of Karin Meacham, owner of Art & Glassworks, is in its second month of a summerlong “300 Block Cares” event to raise funds for local non-profits.  The event pairs up local independent retail shops with local purveyors of all things yummy and tasty.

During the first installment of Sips & Bits Stroll in May, more than $800 was raised through ticket sales, said Ashley Mudge, a co-organizer.

Tickets are $10 per person in advance; $12 per person the day of the event. All proceeds benefit Music for Everyone, which organizes the monthly Music Friday program and raises funds for instruments in schools, and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, which has been supporting artisans for more than 70 years and is part of the 300 Block, Mudge said. Tasters can start at any participating shop, and get a map of all the stops when tickets are picked up at Because I Like U, 307 N. Queen St., prior to the start of the stroll. Purchase tickets at participating stops or at http://bit.ly/22nmKJo (Note: All alcoholic beverages served are complimentary and not part of the ticket price.)

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Waltz Vineyards will offer complimentary wine at the June 17 event.

Sips & Bits Stroll participants also get exclusive discounts and may enter a raffle at each event stop, Mudge said. “This is our merchants’ way of saying thank you for helping us help two deserving community non-profits,” she said.

 

The monthly event will be held through September on the third Friday of the month. “It’s a great night out in Downtown Lancaster and a great way to give back to the community,” Mudge said.

The 14 stops on the June 17 event include:

Additional details can be found at www.facebook.com/300blocknorthqueen.

Madcap & Co. gives budding makers a home on North Queen Street

Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown's shopping district, the 300 Block of North Queen Street.

Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown’s shopping district, the 300 Block of North Queen Street.

LANCASTER, Pa. — Madcap & Co., featuring exceptional handmade and vintage goods, will open Friday, Sept. 4, 2015, in the heart of downtown’s shopping district.

Madcap & Co., a multi-merchant companion shop to BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, Downtown Lancaster’s largest retail store, opens at 310 N. Queen St., with 17 independent merchants, says Marty Hulse, BUiLDiNG CHARACTER and Madcap & Co. owner.

With the new store, Hulse said he is carving out an additional retail niche for the makers movement, which in recent years has gained popularity thanks to the renewed push for American-made goods and DIYers looking for an outlet to sell their creations. “There are so many talented craftspeople in the Lancaster area, and now they have a place to showcase their ingenuity.”

Madcap & Co. will open where the venerable Mommalicious served thousands of fans for nearly 10 years. Mommalicious will be a merchant inside Madcap along with 16 others.

Madcap & Co. will open where the venerable Mommalicious served thousands of fans for nearly 10 years. Mommalicious will be a merchant inside Madcap along with 16 others.

According to Adweek magazine, the makers movement is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. “Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with the open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in-China merchandise,” it writes.

BC has perfected its multi-shop retail management system in the eight years it has been in business on the 300 Block of North Queen Street, the city’s most desirable shopping district. Madcap & Co. will continue BUiLDiNG CHARACTER’s business model, giving multiple small businesses a brick-and-mortar retail store open seven days a week.

“The beauty is I don’t have to man a store all day long, which gives me more time to create,” says Cynthia Price, owner of Sanctuary opening in Madcap & Co., who already has a space at BUiLDiNG CHARACTER. “This is perfect for makers who are more creatively inclined and not as business saavy.”

Madcap & Co.’s new space was the former Mommalicious, a downtown Lancaster fixture for 10 years. Owner Alicia Byler couldn’t think of a better fit for the retail space in the building she owns and lives in with husband Dennis Snader.

Byler is excited to join such creative makers at Madcap & Co. and is appreciative of Hulse assuming the financial and time-consuming risks of operating an independent retail store. “There are a myriad of responsibilities that are being taken care of … even down to the rolls of toilet paper,” she says. “I know how much energy and money can be spent running a shop, and it’s great that Marty is willing to share it with others.”

Welcome to Madcap & Co. opening Sept. 4 at 310 N. Queen St. in Downtown Lancaster, PA.

Welcome to Madcap & Co. opening Sept. 4 at 310 N. Queen St. in Downtown Lancaster, PA.

The decision to open a second retail concept was a no-brainer for Hulse.

“When the opportunity to open a storefront right on the 300 Block of North Queen came to me, I had to say ‘yes!’ said Marty Hulse, owner of BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, which is nestled through a brick archway at 342 N. Queen St. “I love this block and am excited to add another specialty shop to the mix (on the block).”

The 300 Block of North Queen is also home to several other businesses that offer handmade works, including the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Art & Glassworks, Russell Locksmith, j.a. sharp Custom Jewelers, the Framing Concept and BUiLDiNG CHARACTER.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER opened in 2007 selling primarily architectural salvage and by 2008 saw a need in the community to offer a collective for other like-minded entrepreneurs looking to sell vintage, recycled and handmade goods. Today there are more than 60 small businesses in various size retail spaces in the 10,000-square-foot retail location.

Like BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, known for its community-partnered events and lively music playlists throughout the store, Madcap & Co. also will be open seven days a week with extended hours for First Friday and Music Friday, the third Friday of the month which will feature the popular Ladies Night Out with free drink and dessert samples, free chair massages and local live music.

Step right up to Madcap & Co. opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015.

Step right up to Madcap & Co. opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 at 310 N. Queen St., Lancaster.

Madcap & Co. will open with the following 16 merchants (one merchant is pending):

  • 40th Parallel Leather Goods, handmade leather bags and handwoven textiles by Peter and Laurie Eaton of Willow Street
  • B.N. Luna, handmade fleece blankets for newborns, infants and toddlers by Audrey Baxter and locally designed and printed whimsical canvas wall decor for baby and children by Heidi Herr
  • Deborah Sielski, assemblages from vintage salvaged materials reminiscent of flowers and foliage
  • Hello Niccoco, lighthearted hand-drawn designs by Nicole Duquette of Lancaster
  • Lake and Cabin, vintage and handmade home decor for your lake house, cabin or seaside abode by Micah and Holly Lessey of Lancaster
  • Madcap Mercantile, a collection of handmade greatness from near and far such as hand poured candles, handmade jewelry and wallets and bags made of recycled bicycled inner tubes
  • Miller Cast Products, collectible brass banks, trivets, wall art and figurines made in the City of Lancaster since 1887 by the J. Walter Miller Co.
  • Mommalicious, the venerable vintage and handmade goods dealer Alicia Byler of Lancaster
  • My Aunt Debbie, handmade pop-art-inspired jewelry, fashion and accessories by Debbie Serdy of Lancaster
  • Renaissance Chimney, vintage industrial pieces made from recycled materials by Mike Ellis of Bernville
  • Roaring Dog Studio, functional art for kitchen and home by Chris Clemans of Strasburg
  • Sanctuary, reinvented and repainted furniture, home decor and original paintings by artist Cynthia Price of Lancaster
  • Studioweit, handmade woven one-of-a-kind rugs and fiberworks mostly of upcycled cotton and flannel by Eric Weit and Kimberly McMullen of Millersville
  • Tortoise and the Hare, heirloom-quality handmade children’s clothing with a bit of whimsy and pinch of practicality by Rosina Lapp of Gordonville
  • Wise Oak Herbs, teas, salves, balms, powders, mists and rubs using the best organic and sustainably harvested herbs by Meeghan Orr and DJ Mercado of Lancaster
  • Wood ‘N’ Glass, creations of stained glass and handcarved wood by artist Deb Becker of Lancaster

Madcap & Co., which will have two full-time and two part-time employees, is the newest brand for the company which opened in 2007. Additional brands include Hip Thrift recycled brand name clothing, B.C. Martin’s Original and Authentic Hardware and WeLoveLanc.com line of souvenirs.

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, LLC is a locally owned multiple-shop retail destination in Downtown Lancaster, Pa., that also serves as a business incubator for entrepreneurs, artists and craftspeople. Inside the store’s 10,000-square-foot, 115-year-old walls there are more than 60 shops offering vintage and collectible goods, handcrafted jewelry, upcycled furniture, recycled brand clothing, as well as the nonprofit Heritage Press Museum.

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JUST THE FACTS
What: Madcap & Co. handmade and vintage store
Where: 310 N. Queen St., Lancaster
When: Opening Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Website: www.madcapandco.com; www.welovelanc.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday; until 9 p.m. first and third Fridays